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Bob_Scopatz
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Owing to a paucity of customers and sales, I had to close my boutique catering to urban pooches. You guessed it, Paw City is no more.


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Dobie
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The Word of the Day for October 14 is:

destitute \DESS-tuh-toot or DESS-tuh-tyoot ("oo" as in "shoot,"
not "foot")\ (adjective)
1 : lacking something needed or desirable
2 : lacking possessions and resources;
:especially, suffering extreme poverty

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I was destitute of friends, so I built some in the lab.

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The Word of the Day for October 15 is:

orientate \OR-ee-un-tayt or OR-ee-en-tayt\ (verb)
1 : to point or turn toward the east
2 : to set in a definite position especially in relation to the points of the compass;
also : to ascertain the bearings of
3 : to acquaint with a situation or environment


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The enemy gate is down.
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The Word of the Day for October 16 is:

tocsin \tahk-sun\ (noun)
1 : an alarm bell or the ringing of it
2 : a warning signal

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The tocsin warned us of the toxin's release.

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Dobie
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Bob, nice use of homophones.
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The Word of the Day for October 17 is:

circadian \ser-KAY-dee-un\ (adjective)
: being, having, characterized by, or occurring in approximately 24-hour periods or cycles (as of biological activity or function)

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Being on the graveyard shift has significantly altered my circadian.
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Being a lazy S.O.B. has significantly altered my circadian.
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Dobie
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The Word of the Day for October 18 is:

rife \RYFE\ (adjective)
1 : prevalent especially to an increasing degree
2 : abundant, common
3 : copiously supplied
: abounding

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This thread is apparently rife with people who think "circadian" is a noun.

[This message has been edited by TomDavidson (edited October 18, 2001).]


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Hehe
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The Word of the Day for October 19 is:

jitney \JIT-nee\ (noun)
: a small bus that serves a regular route on a flexible schedule

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The jaunty jitney jittered past the jealous jalopy.
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The Word of the Day for October 20 is:

innocuous \ih-NAH-kyuh-wus\ (adjective)
1 : producing no injury
: harmless
2 : not likely to give offense or to arouse strong feelings or hostility
: inoffensive, insipid

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The Word of the Day for October 21 is:

impervious \im-PER-vee-us\ (adjective)
1 a : not allowing entrance or passage
: impenetrable
b : not capable of being damaged or harmed
2 : not capable of being affected or disturbed

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The Word of the Day for October 22 is:

epithet \EH-puh-thet\ (noun)
1 : a characterizing word or phrase accompanying or occurring in place of the name of a person or thing
2 : a disparaging or abusive word or phrase

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I am impervious to your epithet.
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I muttered an epithet when realizing the futility of my innocuous attempts to open the impervious jar.
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The Word of the Day for October 23 is:

omnibus \AHM-nih-bus\ (adjective)
1 : of, relating to, or providing for many things at once
2 : containing or including many items

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The Dobie Brothers latest album is an omnibus collection of musical styles.
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The Word of the Day for October 24 is:

gravitate \GRAV-uh-tayt\ (verb)
1 : to move under the influence of gravitation
2 a : to move toward something b : to be drawn or attracted especially by natural inclination

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As she remained impervious to my innoctuous attempts to woo her hand, my thoughts gravitated towards my personal mortality.
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Although we think of it as the moon gravitating toward the Earth, it is just as correct to say that the Earth gravitates toward the moon.


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The Word of the Day for October 25 is:

Valhalla \val-HAL-uh or vahl-HAHL-uh\ (noun)
: the great hall in Norse mythology where the souls of heroes slain in battle are received


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If I die in battle I hope to meet Odin in the halls of Valhalla.
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To the British suffering under Viking invasions, Valhalla was the equivalent of the Taliban's promise of virgins in the afterlife to followers who kill Americans.

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Dobie
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I'm glad to see that Bob managed to tie the "Word of the Day" in with current events.
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The Word of the Day for October 26 is:

magnanimous \mag-NAN-uh-mus\ (adjective)
1 : showing or suggesting a lofty and courageous spirit
2 : showing or suggesting nobility of feeling and generosity of mind

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Dobie, just wondering: How old are you? You're very cool.
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And keeping this thread alive for so long is a truly magnanimous gesture!



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Dobie
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I will be making an announcement about that in the near future.
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The Word of the Day for October 27 is:

nyctalopia \nik-tuh-LOH-pee-uh\ (noun)
: night blindness

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I had to wait until daylight to see that today's word is nyctalopia.


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<Bumping to move in front of annoying spam>
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The Word of the Day for October 28 is:

veritable \VAIR-uh-tuh-bul\ (adjective)
: being in fact the thing named and not false, unreal, or imaginary

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The hallway was paved in veritable faux marble. A real find, well worth the $2000/month rent!


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The Word of the Day for October 29 is:

petulant \PEH-chuh-lunt\ (adjective)
1 : insolent or rude in speech or behavior
2 : characterized by temporary or capricious ill humor
: peevish

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On my way from the Vikings game today, I was cut off by a petulant driver.
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My petulant behavior was the main reason for the failure of my latest business venture -- a pet rental/exchange shop. You guessed it, Pet You Lent is no more.


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Many hatrackers are now being accused of petulant posts.
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First Paw City, now Pet You Lent. Maybe you should get out of the animal business.
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The Word of the Day for October 30 is:

virtuoso \ver-choo-OH-so or ver-choo-OH-zoh\ (noun)
1 : one skilled in or having a taste for the fine arts
2 : one who excels in the technique of an art, especially a highly skilled musical performer 3 : a person who has great skill at some endeavor


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The Word of the Day for October 31 is:
nefarious \nih-FAIR-ee-us\ (adjective)
: flagrantly wicked or impious
: evil

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The first time I consciously heard the word nefarious was when Tuvok used it on Star Trek Voyager to describe the activities of other aliens, I think. Soon thereafter, I looked it up.
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He was a virtuoso of the nefarious!

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...i already won this game....
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The Word of the Day for November 1 is:

conundrum \kuh-NUN-drum\ (noun)
1 : a riddle whose answer is or involves a pun
2 a : a question or problem having only a conjectural answer
2 b : an intricate and difficult problem

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